Floyd Schmoe

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Floyd W. Schmoe
Born(1895-09-21)September 21, 1895
Prairie Center, Kansas,
United States
DiedApril 20, 2001(2001-04-20) (aged 105)
Kenmore, Washington,
United States
OccupationQuaker, pacifist, author

Floyd W. Schmoe (September 21, 1895 – April 20, 2001) was a Quaker, pacifist and author living in the Seattle, Washington area for most of his life.

Early life[edit]

Japan's "Order of the Sacred Treasure" (4th Class) awarded to Floyd Schmoe in 1988, for his work building homes in Hiroshima after WWII.

Floyd Schmoe was a stretcher bearer during World War I. He did not fight because he was a pacifist and conscientious objector based on his Quaker faith. He did not take part in World War II. After World War II he went to Hiroshima, Japan, and helped rebuild houses that were destroyed by the atomic bomb. He built 21 homes from 1949 to 1953 in Hiroshima financed by funds from the US.[1] He exchanged letters with Emperor Hirohito.[2]

Floyd Schmoe was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure (4th Class) in 1988 for his efforts in Japan.[3]

He became a professor of forestry at the University of Washington. He was the first park naturalist at Mt. Rainier National Park. He also traveled all over the world and built the Seattle Peace Park. In 1988 he received the Hiroshima Peace Prize and was made an honorary citizen of Japan.[4]


In 2012, the sole remaining house was re-opened as a museum, with his then-85-year-old son Wilfred P. Schmoe attending along with Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hiroshima fetes peace activist November 1, 2012 Japan Times Retrieved October 30, 2015
  2. ^ "天皇陛下、米学者と書簡で交流 被爆者支援が縁で半世紀:朝日新聞デジタル". 朝日新聞デジタル (in Japanese). Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Woo, Elaine. "Floyd Schmoe; Activist for Peace for Nearly a Century".
  4. ^ Vandalized statue of A-bomb victim repaired August 4, 2004 Japan Times Retrieved October 30, 2015


  • Schmoe, Floyd (1920). Mount Rainier National Park – An Unofficial Guide Book.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1925). Our Greatest Mountain. G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 366 pages.
  • Clarke Crichton, Jr.; ghost written by Floyd (1930). Frozen In. G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 148 pages.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1933). Wilderness Tales. University of Washington Press. p. 117 pages.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1934). Cattails and Pussywillows. Lake City Press. p. 104 pages.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1950). Japan Journey. Silver Quoin Press.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1959). A Year in Paradise. The Mountaineers Books. p. 208 pages. ISBN 0-89886-653-7.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1962). What is Man. Voyager Press.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1964). For the Love of Some Islands. Harper & Row. p. 226 pages.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1975). The Big Sur. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-87701-070-6.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1980). Spoon Creek.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1983). Why is Man. CE Publishing. p. 21 pages. ISBN 1-878906-32-1.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1989). The Years of My Day.
  • Schmoe, Floyd. From Walking To and Fro Upon The Earth.
  • Schmoe, Floyd (1996). Dove.

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