A World war veteran with a record of service as a medical officer overseas, Doctor Shaweker since the war has practiced medicine and surgery in Dover. He is a son of Doctor Samuel Shaweker, a prominent physician of the same community, whose career is given in the following sketch.
Kenneth Earl Shaweker was born on a farm near Baltic, in Tuscarawas County, March 22, 1888, and as a boy lived in Shanesville and Dover, attending the common schools of those localities. He first prepared for professional pharmacy in the Ohio Northern University at Ada, graduating in 1908. After two years as a drug clerk he entered the New York University as a student of medicine, completing the prescribed course and graduating in 1914. For two years after his graduation Doctor Shaweker was employed as a special surgeon in Bellevue Hospital at New York City.
For a brief time he was engaged in private practice at New Philadelphia, but soon after America entered the World war he volunteered for service, and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps April 24, 1917. He was called to the colors June 15, 1917, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, was ordered to Camp Sherman in August, 1917, and on May 6, 1918, went overseas, sailing from Hoboken June 12. In France he was assigned to Camp Hospital No. 15 with the American Expeditionary Forces and was in that service until June 30, 1919. Ordered back to the United States, he arrived at New York July 11, and at Camp Sherman was discharged August 2, 1919, with the rank of Major in the Medical Reserve Corps, and is still a reserve officer subject to call. In December, 1917, he was promoted to the rank of captain and in France received promotion to the rank of major on February 17, 1919. Doctor Shaweker is an active member of the American Legion.
For the past five years he has had an increasing practice of medicine and surgery at Dover, and is a member of the staff of Union Hospital. He belongs to the Tuscarawas County and Ohio State Medical societies, is a Knights Templar Mason and Shriner, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Lutheran Church.
He married in 1917 Miss Mabel Louise Simms. They have three children: Margaret M., Mary Elizabeth and Kenneth Earl, Jr.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume V