May 3rd - noon

Baraboo Senior Center

Long-ago Lunchtime Lessons

12:10 pm to 12:50 pm

By Paul Wolter

First Thursday of the month

May 3– The Man Hunt of 1961


Room 24, Baraboo Civic Center

124 2nd St. Baraboo, WI

The Manhunt of ’61 Presentation

It was about 2 o’clock in the morning on an August weekday of 1961 when Lake Delton Policeman Bob Kohl and Sauk County Traffic Officer Jimmy Jantz pulled over an Oldsmobile with stolen Illinois plates.  The pair had staked out the car and followed it after if pulled out of the Ishnala restaurant parking lot. The trio of men inside had aroused suspicion for the past several days living it up at the Dell View Motel and reportedly lighting cigars with $20 bills. The traffic stop soon proved deadly as the men gunned the two officers down, killing one of them, and sped away. What ensued was the biggest manhunt in state history led by de facto sheriff Mike Spencer, husband of Sauk County’s official sheriff Dolly Spencer. A presentation on the Manhunt of ’61 will be given Thursday, May 3, 12:10 pm. Find out how the story ended and how life in Sauk County changed.


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