A documentary, “Solitary Strength,” the story of North State Cattlewoman, Dorothy Stover Hall, will be presented by the Tehama County Arts County at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at the Main Event Gallery, 710 Main St., Red Bluff.
Hall was the grandchild of the legendary Stover pioneer family who were among the first cattle ranching families of the West, settling on Big Meadow, which is now under Lake Almanor.
At the height of the Great Depression Hall saved her paycheck and at age of 26 bought a 130-acre ranch – and this at a time when being a divorced woman (and the single mother of twin girls) was considered scandalous. Always known as a cattlewoman and exceptional horsewoman, Hall practiced calm livestock handling and stewardship of the land right here in the North State, long before such terms were ever coined.
“Solitary Strength” was produced and directed by Trudy Duisenberg, who says, “In this time when shallow celebrity can take the spotlight, I was looking for an authentic story that would inspire all ages and shine a light on integrity. Dorothy Stover Hall’s life proved to be that engaging tale.”
The director went on to say Hall simply refused to accept the restraints and filters that mid-20th century America placed on women.
Duisenberg’s Chico production company Silk Scroll Productions utilized local talents such as award-winning videographer Bruce Jans and a musical score composed and performed by Cohasset talent Jim Miller.
The primary story sources for the documentary are the vivid memories and personal observations of people who knew and worked with Hall. These excellent story-tellers tell much of her story, from the local librarian to a tough-as-leather cattle hauler; as well as Hall’s surviving daughter, Jo Ellen Hall, and her cousin, Cheryl Conrad Haase, a resident of Red Bluff.
Attendees will double their enjoyment as the art exhibition in the Main Event Gallery will be featuring the paintings of Babette Fickert Dowell, a contemporary of Dorothy Stover Hall. Fickert Dowell was a Plein Air artist, painting outdoors and mastering the California light in her works.
Admission is $10 at the door. The event is a fundraiser for both the Tehama County Art Council and the Tehama County Genealogy and Historical Society.
For more information, visit www.tehamaarts.org or call 391-3259.