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Jennifer Hams, director of social services and activities at the Good Samaritan Center in Barnesville, wishes Gifford Wermager a happy 105th birthday Monday. David Samson / The Forum

Nursing home celebrates 105th birthday of 'stubborn Norwegian'

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After 105 years, Gifford Wermager has found the secret to a long life: brandy.

The longtime Barnesville resident drinks two ounces of brandy a day - doctor's orders.


"So, that's how it's been going," he says.

Monday was Gifford's birthday. But because the "stubborn Norwegian" has outlived most family and friends, his nursing home came together - sans alcohol - to throw him a party.

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