Other War Efforts
In addition to ship building and intelligence training, the community made other contributions to World War II.
The Savage Tool Company manufactured machine tools and precision gages used entirely for the war. Many of the company's employees resided in Savage. Continental Machines, still in operation in Savage, manufactured precision tools for the war. While all of these were beneficial to fighting the war, these efforts did take a toll on Savage. Housing was lacking, as were proper sewer and water facilities.
City records indicate an attempt by officials to construct a Public Water Works and Sewage system in the village. There also are letters referring to a proposition for defense housing within the community. However, other historical accounts point to a lack of supplies as causing both projects to be delayed. Mayor Charles F. McCarthy was quoted as saying, "We had plans for a housing project all prepared, with water and sewer system but materials are scarce."