Long connected with planing-mill interests at Monmouth, was elected a member of the Monmouth City Council in 1900, was re-elected in 1902, and is Chairman of the Sewer Committee, is an active Presbyterian, and a representative citizen of much public spirit. He was born in Scotland in 1844. a son of William and Margaret (Patterson) Torranee, who emigrated to New York in 1850, and thence to Kentucky, where his father, who was a machinist, died in 1882.
His mother came to Momouth in 1888, and died there in 1892. J. M. Torranee was scarcely more than a child when his parents took him to Kentucky, where he was educated and learned the carpenter's trade. In 1877 he came to Monmouth and was so successful as a carpenter that in 1889, as the head of the firm of J. M. Torranee & Company, he established a planing mill. Later, as a member of the firm of Torranee & Mclntosh, he put a foundry and machine shop in operation and eventually sold all his manufacturing interests to Mr. Mclntosh.
As a Republican, he has been influential in local affairs and has advanced the interests of Monmouth to the extent of his ability. He is now a stockholder in the Monmouth Plow Company, and has charge of the woodwork department. Mr. Torranee was married, in Kentucky, in 1870, to Elizabeth Hamilton, who has borne him six children: Isabelle. "William. Robert (deceased), Margaret. Catharine and Charles (deceased).
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