Wyatt Diamond said:Hey Ted, Jay, and others who have posted. I am the owner of the Cal Hedden Cue on Ebay. Yes, there was alot of info in the ad to absorb but I try to be as thorough as possible when I sell a cue without actually holding it and this cue was full of description. I do have more information about Mr. Hedden but I already had listed plenty. Thanks for all the great comments and if anyone is interested, I am accepting reasonable offers to sell it.
Wyatt Diamond said:Jay & Ted,
Thanks for the nice & reassuring comments, you definitely helped stir up some more interest in my cue. Some of this is written in my ad on Ebay but here is Cal's obituary notice and if you do a search on this forum, you will find that Chris Hightower knew him. I actually outbid Mr. Hightower on the cue a few years back.
CALVIN M. HEDDEN
PEKIN - Calvin Martin "Cal" Hedden, 81, of 34 Rainbow Drive, Pekin, died at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001 in the emergency room of Pekin Hospital.
Born December 9, 1919 in McCracken County, Kentucky to Frank Calvin and Minnie Martin Berry Hedden, he married Judy Elaine Stroup on November 22, 1992 at Steak n Shake in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Marty Williams of East Peoria and Rick W. (Dea) Engelbrecht of Peoria; four daughters, Linda Lee of Saint Louis, Missouri and Cheryl E. Hedden, Jackee L. Hedden, and Mindy S. Hedden, all of Pekin; two grandchildren, Josh R. Engelbrecht of Peoria and Marty Dee (Glen) Lipe of Mulkeytown; and one brother, Lillard E. (Margie) Hedden of Pekin.
His parents and two sisters preceded him in death.
He was a World War II United States Navy veteran.
An all-round precision machinist for 58 years, he had worked at Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria, Morton Metalcraft in Morton, E.M. Smith & Co. and Linn Julian Tool & Die, both in Peoria, Armitage Machine Company in Bartonville, and last at Tompco in North Pekin, retiring in 1993. He also had owned and operated HH Precision Machine Shop, Cal's Photography, and a motorcycle shop, all in Pekin.
A pool enthusiast, he had owned and operated Cue Paradise in Pekin from 1967 to 1972. He was a Santa Claus for 25 years and also was an artist.
He was a charter member and past president of the Pekin Archery Club and had instructed many including Olympic Medallist Vick Wunderlee. The Pekin Pekin Park District named the building at the archery range after Mr. Hedden. He was a member of the National Archery Association. He also was a charter member and past president of the Celestial City Riders Motorcycle Club.
He attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God in East Peoria and the First Assembly of God in Pekin. He was a former member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kevil, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel with visitation two hours prior. The Rev. Gary W. Watkins will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 2201 East Washington Street, East Peoria, Illinois 61611 or the First Assembly of God, 1209 North Parkway Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554
robert777 said:Up for sale again but with a slight bump in price . . . .
That's an understatement - quality and ingenuity and execution with attention to detail is over the top. All this and consider it was done 38 years ago. A ton of time was put into this cue.Tommyd1 said:Very phenomenal cue.Tommyd1
The checkering is perfect, a good gunsmith would be proud of this work.Tommyd1 said:I like the checkering in the handle area, the points to the checkering appear to be very sharp, something you would see on a custom rifle stock or handgun grip, never seen this on a cue before that was so well executed.Tommyd1
He was certainly influenced by the top cuemakers of the day. He owned 'Cue Paradise' a pool hall in Pekin, IL from 1967 to 1972 and put on 14.1 tournaments so he was sure to see all of the great cues, there was a time when pool players played with great cues.Tommyd1 said:Looks like he took a little bit of influence from some of the top cue makers from that time period and rolled em into one cue.
Yeah mine, I hope nobody buys it.Tommyd1 said:This will certainly make an interesting addition to anyones cue collection.Tommyd1