This article was published in the daily newspaper The State Republican, Lansing, Michigan, Friday, April 16, 1897.
Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.
The mysterious airship was seen floating over Shelby, Olivet, and Middleville, about 9 p.m. Thursday [April 15, 1897] and caused considerable excitement among the large number of people who saw it. But for its moving and changing lights, red, blue, green, it might have been taken for a star.