One of the things that caught my eye while I was enjoying Heritage Day was a new candle display at Craighead’s. They are now the exclusive dealer for Belle Candles. According to their sweet brochure the candles are dedicated to Julia Belle Powell Cochran. Anyone familiar with the Caddo area will recognize both the Powell and Cochran names. Belle Candles are “Made right in the heart of Caddo- Like no other candle on earth.” They currently have four kinds of candles for fall- Vanilla with Caddo soil, Pumpkin Pie, Cloves, and Cinnamon. Yes, you read that correctly- soil. I looked at the candle and it actually has about a teaspoon of black dirt on top. Quite a memento of the area since that has always been one of my memories of Caddo. The dirt in many areas of town is black clay.
Here is the rest of the brochure: “The inspiration behind the name of Belle Candles extends back two generations. These quality candles are dedicated to Julia Belle Powell Cochran, daughter of the late Hatzel and Johnnie Belle Powell from Caddo, Oklahoma. Julia has three sisters: they include Mary Annette Powell Carlton, Margie Sue Powell Simpson, and Hatsene Powell Milligan. Julia Belle married Dr. Bryce H. Cochran, M.D. in 1947. They had three daughters- Judy Gaylene, Karen Kay, and Peggy Lynn Cochran. The late Dr. Bryce H. Cochran, M.D. was the son of the late Dr. Roy L. and Maudie Holmes Cochran who were life long residents of Caddo. Dr. Roy L. Cochran, M.D. practiced medicine in Caddo for over 50 years. Julia Belle’s youngest daughter Peggy Cochran Parr started Belle Candles when her family moved to Caddo last year. Julia’s grandchildren are Julie Mae, Katie Lynn, and Gene C. Brown III. Hopefully, Belle Candles tradition will carry on for the enjoyment of future generations.”