This day in Ames History March 11, 1974. Firefighters from Kelley battled a blaze in the main office building of the Ames Nursery south of town. The fire of undetermined origin, which was discovered at 11:25 a.m. and almost completely gutted the building. It was brought under control after noon. Ames Nursery ran at this location from 1948 to 2005 and was owned by Lloyd Cafferty and his son, Phil. For more historical information visit