"AS THE RISING SUN dispels the darkness and gloom of the night, so the dawn of the year of 1816 gave to the gladdened vision of pioneers ... . The new year brought to the troops and the families under their charge the true joy of living. This well-founded feeling of security and comfort was not based upon the standards of today, for few could endure now in comfort the life measured by the service and convenience typified by the tallow dip and the open fire, the ox cart and the pirogue."
So wrote Bert J. Griswold in his book "The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne" published in 1917.
May the New Year be a joyous one for you and the families under your charge.