A daily meal of French toast with no syrup, a peanut butter sandwich, and a glass of Dewar’s Scotch may not seem like the nutritional building blocks for a long life. But for 93-year-old Leland Moshier, it’s what has kept him alive and active in old age. Well, that plus a little luck and great genes.
Moshier, who has lived in Manhattan his entire life, said he has no secret to his longevity. He lives with his sister, goes for a daily 30-minute walk around Manhattan Town Center, still drives his 2007 Toyota, and plays golf at Stagg Hill.
Although it’s a life well lived, Moshier still has something to cross off his list.
“I’ve never hit a hole-in-one,” Moshier said. Having played the sport since 1970, Moshier has witnessed others achieve the feat but never managed it himself.
“I had a buddy hit one on a par-3 at Stagg Hill,” he said. The nonagenarian said he prefers to play with someone rather than by himself.
Although he has played countless rounds, Moshier, who labeled himself as a “bogey golfer,” has never kept score.
“I play golf for the pleasure, not the score,” he said.
Despite his easy-going nature about quantifying his game, the Manhattan native still gets peeved when the quality of his play dips.
“I get disgusted after a bad shot,” Moshier said.
Before golfing took over his life, Moshier took his wife square dancing. He is also a member of the VFW, Elks, and American Legion.
Even as a kid, Moshier was active.
“When school let out, we always were doing something.”
Even though he has been retired for years, Moshier still wishes he were working.
“Working is much better than retirement,” he said.
That must be a Moshier family slogan. His sister, Mary Lou Moshier, still works at Ray’s Apple Market. His grandfather, even in his 90s, was still cutting limbs from trees.
For two years of his working life, Moshier was a soldier in World War II.
Between 1944 and 1945, Moshier traveled all across Europe. As soon as he got back home, Moshier got out of the army.
But his memories in Europe were not all bad. For a month every year, he and his wife would travel there. They traversed the continent during their many visits, but one country stole his heart: Switzerland.
“It was the scenery,” Moshier said. “It was just different.”
The hills really struck Moshier’s fancy.
During their stay, Moshier and his wife explored the Swiss countryside by staying off the main roads and driving on the back roads.
His traveling has waned in the past few years, and now Moshier only travels inside of Manhattan, where, he complains, “The traffic is terrible.”
During Moshier’s life, Manhattan has grown from a city of few streets to a 50,000-person metropolis.
“It’s been a big change,” Moshier said.
Despite the city’s population growth and the current traffic state, Manhattan still holds a special place in this 93-year-old’s heart.
“If there is a better city in the world, I have not been to it,” he said.