Six variations of the game have been listed by the U.S. Playing Card Company. The four-handed variation is most commonly played. The "Worldwide Euchre Tournament," organized by Roy Wemmer, was held in Dubuque during 1986 and 1987 as part of WINTERFEST. The tournament attracted one hundred forty participants from throughout the Midwest in competition for cash prizes and a trophy.
In October 1878 the Dubuque Herald announced that a "club that has heretofore been unknown in this locality, but which is on the eve of organization, is a euchre club. (1)
In February 1885 the Dubuque Sunday Herald described the end of the seasonal "progressive euchre" by saying:
It is a wearing game, too, as hard on a person's nerves and physique as dancing, if not more so... (2)
1. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, October 30, 1878, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18781030&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
"A Slim Week-Progressive Euchre on Its Last Legs--Cooking Clubs--Fashion," Dubuque Sunday Herald, Feb, 15, 1888, p. 2