20th Century History of New Castle and
Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens


[p. 919] official court reporter for Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, is a well known resident of New Castle, where he has resided for the past twenty years, and been closely identified with the city's business interests.

Mr. Mornes was born at Newport, Big Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, in 1863, and is a son of Thomas Squires and Harriet Reed Mornes, both of whom were descendants of the earliest settlers of Western Pennsylvania. Thomas Squires Mornes followed the trade of a shoemaker, boating on the canal, and was a soldier, being a member of Company B, Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. His death occurred at Ellwood City in November, 1904.

Arthur D. Mornes was reared in the southern part of Lawrence County and there received a preliminary educational training in the public schools. He subsequently attended Chaffee's Institute at Oswego, N. Y., and upon graduating from that institution became private secretary and clerk for a business house in Warren, Ohio, soon thereafter being engaged to assist the official court reporter in Warren and Portage Counties, Ohio. In the year 1886 he was appointed by Judges Hazen, McMichael and Aiken official court reporter for Lawrence and Butler Counties. At the same time he served eight years in a similar capacity for Beaver County, being the first official reporter for that county, assisted in Mercer County reporting for about six years, and in all of this time has reported for forty-three common pleas judges in Pennsylvania. During his residence in New Castle he has been identified with various business and financial ventures and is reckoned among the substantial men of the place. At the present time he is president of the People's Mutual Building and Loan Association and a director in the Lawrence Savings and Trust Company.

In October, 1893, Mr. Mornes was joined in marriage with Miss Amelia Cunningham, daughter of Benjamin W. Cunningham, coming of one of the very earliest pioneer families of the county. Politically, he takes an earnest interest in local and State affairs, but is not a politician. He is a member of the First Christian Church and one of its official board, is deeply interested in the work of the New Castle Y.M.C.A., and serves as secretary of the Board of Directors. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic order.

20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908

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