Photos courtesy of Joyce Kasemodel
This picture was taken at Kallio's Fareway Dinette in Wells when Emil and Edith Kallio first built their restaurant. The Kallios were in their 60s and, after owning many restaurants throughout the years and, for the first time actually going on a vacation when they retired, they realized they could not be idle and built this restaurant, now known as the Family Inn. Many people remember the famous "band" above the jukebox in corner at left. The band was made of rubber and played every time someone put money in the jukebox. The waitresses behind the counter are Flossie Christiansen and Karen Mattonen. The little boy is Karen's son, Hugo, but the identity of the little girl is unknown. In the kitchen window in the middle is Edith Kallio.
The crew of the Fareway Dinette, at left, were pictured at the Dells Supper Club in 1970 when Edith Kallio retired and sold the diner, which was located in Wells. Pictured are: from left front, unidentified, Flossie Christiansen, Edith Kallio, Mildred Trombley, and unidentified; second row, Karen Mattonen, Sandy (Smith) Webber, unidentified, and unidentified. The identity of everyone in the back row is unknown. Even after the death of her husband, Emil, when he was 66 years old, Edith kept the restaurant going. She went from her house located behind the restaurant every day at 5 a.m. to open the doors and start cooking. She eventually sold the restaurant when she was 77 years old. It is now known as The Family Inn. Anyone who knows who the unidentified individuals are is asked to call Kasemodel at 786-6055 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.