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Actor Jeff Jones Ties to NT Acknowledged with Sponsorship of NT History Museum

July 01, 2014

Actor Jeff Jones to sponsor a window panel at North Tonawanda History Museum to commemorate his family’s long history in Niagara Falls.

Actor Jeff Jones has made a donation to the North Tonawanda History Museum's Window Pane Covering project.

Jones will sponsor one of 26 outside window pane displays, the Lumber Heritage Exhibit Hall pane, at the History Museum on Webster St.

He is connected to North Tonawanda, and its lumber industry, through his great grandfather, Raymond Thomas Jones, Sr., the founder and president of the R. T. Jones Lumber Co.

Founded in 1901 in North Tonawanda, R. T. Jones Lumber Co., Inc., was established after Raymond T. Jones and other members of the Jones' family came from Elmira. Lumber came from Canada and New England, mainly from White River Junction, N. H.

Replica of the Jones’ Pane. The actor’s great granddad R T Jones (with hat).

Jones is best known for his roles as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice.

The dedication at the bottom of the Lumber Heritage panel is to be "For R. T. Jones from Great-Grandson Jeff, his son and grandchildren."

Jones has made several visits to the museum.

The Lumber Heritage window pane features Raymond Thomas Jones, Sr., in the lower photo with a hat on. The photo at the top is of Ray H. Bennett of Bennett Lumber. R. T. Jones Lumber Co. was in business the longest of any lumber business in North Tonawanda. The company closed its doors in the last quarter of the 20th century.

History Museum Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal said, "The sponsor lines at the bottom of each pane are somewhat of a tour of the history of North Tonawanda, with sponsors having come forward both locally and around the country. Families of former residents and former residents themselves are among the sponsors, as well as individuals and business owners still in North Tonawanda."





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