Muskegon County Genealogial Society

Muskegon, Michigan

"Preserving Family History"


Research Services

Torrent House Historical Site

(The local history and genealogy dept.)This thirty-one room mansion, built for $250,000 in 1891-92, was the home of John Torrent (1833-1915), pioneering lumberman, alderman, justice of the peace and Muskegon mayor for three terms. A successful entrepreneur, Torrent owned shingle, saw and lumber mills in Muskegon, Manistee, Ludington, Whitehall, Traverse City and Sault Ste. Marie, equipping them all with the most modern machinery. Over the years, this structure also housed a mortuary, hospital and the local Red Cross headquarters. In 1972, the city purchased the house to prevent it demolition.​Sample text. Click to select the Text Element.

Research, Cost & Payment (IMPORTANT):

Basic research in the Muskegon area is conducted by
members of the Muskegon County Genealogical Society
who volunteer their time for a donation
of $25.00 (for members) or $35.00 (for non-members) per hour to our Society.