He was about 14 years old his description and that he was last seen in Atlantic, Iowa on 4 Aug 1908. He was not known to be a runaway and he had no coat with him.
Below is the $100 Reward poster on him.
I am not sure why this kid stole the money, maybe he was hungry or wanted to try and go home. His actions help his family find him.
His dad left Iowa and went to Washington to bring his son home. This tells me that he loved that boy very much. All the money spent looking for him and then the trip there and trip home had to be a great financial burden to this family.
I did not find out anything else about him or his family. I was hoping to find more about his mother. No mention of her except MRS in the newspaper clippings. His father's name was also Fred Draper. All I could find for that area was a man named Herbert Draper with a son Fred about the same age in 1920 Census.
We may never know what happen to Fred when he returned home but I hope he felt his father's love for him in his heart.